Feb 2, 2005
Albert Lacayo's Heart
Albert Lacayo was a boy I met at college and knew peripherally. That is to say, we did not hang out together, but he knew friends of mine, so I interacted with him socially. He also lived in the same dorm I stayed in at UT, Jester Center. Because Jester housed about 6,000 students between the two towers, the floors were split loosely into areas of study. For example, I was on the Arts floor - Fine Arts, Photography, Music, RTF and Journalism students mostly.
One day Albert came up to our floor (I forget his major, but he wasn't on our floor) and joined a group of us that were hanging out and drawing or painting. He was visibly upset and started telling us about how his girlfriend just dumped him. He grabbed a brush and paper and started to paint while he told us how she met this guy and found him to be so attractive that she broke up with Albert to be with him. He told the story in about 20 minutes and when he was done, his painting was done, too. He said it depicted a woman who saw this beautiful blue man who was so dazzling that she couldn't help herself and had to be with him. The beautiful blue man has effectively torn out her boyfriend's heart, and he caused the fissure in their relationship. I immediately loved the painting, but Albert said it was "crap." I asked if I could have it, and he handed it over. I've had it ever since, that's 20 years now and I still think it's great. The symbolism is simple, but effective; even if you don't know the whole story, you can see the division of the couple and the lashing out of the man who was dumped. It is filled with the emotion of a young man's heart break.